The Labour leader and Prime Minister Harold Wilson, who held the top job in British politics in 1964-70 and again in 1974-76, will be the subject of a talk by Dr. Kevin Hickson, senior lecturer in British politics at the University of Liverpool, for the next session of the Kingston History Research Seminar Series.
Dr. Hickson has published widely on the politics and history of the British Labour and Conservative parties, and his talk for Kingston’s History Dept series is entitled ‘Harold Wilson and British Socialism’.
Although Wilson won the 1964 General Election, he asked the country for another mandate in 1966, which increased his majority significantly. Moreover, he went on to win two further General Elections. Fifty years on from Wilson’s landslide election victory of 1966, Dr. Hickson discusses the subject of his latest book Harold Wilson: The Unprincipled Prime Minister? (Biteback Publishing, 2016), a collection of essays by leading experts in the field, which Dr. Hickson has jointly edited with Andrew Crines.
Was Harold Wilson, Britain’s leader at the height of the ‘Swinging Sixties’, a socially reforming modernizer, or merely a manager of Britain’s overall decline? Moreover, what lessons does his leadership perhaps offer the Labour party in its present-day predicament?
The Kingston History Research Seminar Series talk will take place on:
Wednesday 26th October, 2016
Penrhyn Road campus
All are welcome to attend!